COVID surge in Southeast Asia disrupts global supply chains
08 September 2021 | 10:31 am
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting massive production disruptions in Southeast Asia will lead to greater diversification and a major reshaping of global supply chains, according to experts.
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